Having junked its proposed graduated response approach to tackling illegal file-sharing earlier this year, the New Zealand government is having another stab at it. The revised version of the relevant section of its Copyright Act still makes provisions for persistent file-sharers to have their internet connections cut off, but introduces warning letters and an independent mediation process between infringers and rightsowners. If that fails, a tribunal will rule on what punishment to levy – from fines to disconnection. There’s already questions over whether New Zealand’s Copyright Tribunal has the resources to cope with the extra workload, though.

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